Where is the spin? Nickel bisthiolenes form paramagnetic monoanionic species. The non-innocence of the sulfur ligands makes a definite assignment of the oxidation state of the central metal atom difficult. EPR spectroscopy and DFT calculations reveal that there is an even distribution of unpaired spin between the nickel and each of the ligands (ca. 1/3 each). There is no evidence for a NiII-based radical ligand complex as indicated in the original publication.